Hanoi (VNA) - Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat and Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, both of them members of the Party Central Committee, on January 8 called for greater investment in science-technology to push national digital transformation, e-Government, and the digital economy forward.

Speaking at the ongoing 13th National Party Congress, Dat affirmed that science-technology has made practical contributions to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation process and national defence-security while improving social welfare and people’s lives.

According to the Global Innovation Index 2020, Vietnam ranked 42nd out of the 131 economies. The country also led the group of 29 lower-middle income economies and was placed third in Southeast Asia behind Singapore and Malaysia.

In public health care, Vietnam was among the top three ASEAN nations and 43 countries and territories globally that can produce vaccines. It also succeeded in preventing and eliminating dangerous communicable diseases.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the health sector developed rapid testing kits, produced respirators, and designed treatment regimens.

The official suggested shifting the growth model to one based on science-technology and innovation so as to improve economic competitiveness, adding that the science-technology sector will step up innovation in service of socio-economic development in the near future.
Investment in sci-tech called for to develop e-Government hinh anh 2Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung (Photo: VNA) 
Hung, for his part, said Vietnam is one of the first countries in the world to have issued a national digital transformation programme and strategy.

He added that the information and communications sector has set a goal of turning Vietnam into a power in cyber security and safety, with a focus on “Make in Vietnam” eco-systems. The domestic cyber security and safety sector is expanding 25-30 percent each year.

The sector will further strive to play a leading role in national digital transformation on the basis of upholding the collective power of society as a whole, contributing to developing Vietnam into a digital nation by 2030, the official said./.